What you need to know about Infiniti’s version of the Mercedes GLA
What is it: The QX30 is a sleek compact crossover for the entry luxury buyer. The Premium with all-wheel drive model tested here is the top of the line and adds a Bose sound system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED front fog lights and a panoramic moonroof.
Key Competitors: Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA250, Mini Countryman
Base Price: $38,695 As-Tested Price: $46,460
Full Review: Infiniti QX30 first drive
Highlights: All new in 2017, the QX30 largely carries over for the 2018 model year. Infiniti’s small SUV is a near carbon-copy of the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, except for the body, which receives unique (and some would argue vastly improved) styling, and Infiniti’s own tuning adjustments to powertrain and suspension. Even the key fob comes from Stuttgart, with one brand’s logo swapped for the other. This particular model comes with over $7,000 in options, which add both styling and safety features, but push the sticker to nearly $50K.
Our Opinion: The Infiniti QX30 is a Mercedes-Benz GLA with an Infiniti-styled body kit. The chassis and powertrain come from Germany, and that suits us fine. Turbocharging four-cylinders is as common as air conditioning these days, and this one, a 2.0-liter with 208 peak horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, is a peach. It hustles through traffic worry-free and settles down nicely when you just want to cruise. Rolling down the road at any speed, the body and chassis is free of any creaks or moans, which allows the shocks to do their job nicely.
Equally pleasant, the QX30 cabin feels plenty comfy and comforting after a full day’s work. It’s a nice entry into the luxury-car world without dropping crazy money — like dipping your toes in the water to see if you like the temperature. Because it’s relatively small, you get all-wheel drive, decent power and still manage 30 miles to the gallon.
It’s really an exterior styling choice between the GLA and QX30. Which one looks better? For me it’s the Merc, but my background is engineering, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. But either choice is a solid one in the premium small-car market. In today’s world, you do not need to go big to go luxurious. And you’ll appreciate it that much more if parallel parking is part of your life.
–Robin Warner, managing editor
Options: Technology package including Around-View Monitor with moving-object detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, intelligent park assist, high-beam assist ($2,200), Navigation package with Infiniti InTouch navigation and Infiniti InTouch services, color center meter display, front and rear parking sensors ($1,850), cafe teak theme package – brown napa leather appointed seats; brown leatherette stitched dash insert, center console and door trim; graphite contrast stitching; wood center stack and door handle trim; graphite suede-like material headliner and A-pillars; satin silver mirror caps ($1,750), LED package – LED headlamps, adaptive front lighting system, enhanced LED interior ambient lighting ($1,000), premium paint ($500), radiant illuminated kick plates ($465)
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $38,695
As Tested Price: $46,460
Powertrain: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged I4; AWD, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Output: 208 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 1,200-4,000 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,346 lb
Fuel Economy: 21/30/25 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Quiet, well-appointed cabin
Cons: Less badge cachet than its Mercedes twin
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